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Shawnee National Forest , ILLINOIS

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Camping Illinois Shawnee National Forest

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Most Recent Shawnee National Forest Camping Reviews
A Week of Paradise

Spent a week here and had a blast! Camp sites are fairly well spaced, though not private. Area is split with power and no power. Vault style restrooms are very clean and regularly maintained. A great, centralized location for quite a few natural wonders and a hop, skip, and a jump away from quite a few more!

Giant city

Great campground, park ranger very close and comes around often. Nice big spaces for rv or tents.

Down side its not super close to alot of trails.

Great view!

Electric and water. Great short term camping. There is a lot of history and nearby Cape Girardeau is a very neat city to visit.

Nice site with a great view

This campground has a great view of the lake. It’s well-kept and the site has nice spacing in between. The shower house and rest rooms were clean and well-kept. There’s a biking trail the we also used as a walking trail. Beautiful scenery along the way. Most sites are level but ours (#90) had a drop off between the drive way and the picnic table/fire ring. We had to use blocks so our camper stairs would reach the ground. We suggested they build that up.


Overall great place! Would recommend. Beautiful scenery in the Shawnee National Forest. Quiet and comfortable.

Very nice hilltop camp.

Not big by any means but we'll kept and cozy. Primitive with water and restrooms. Worth the stay for thise wanting a small area and tent camp.

Plenty of hiking trails with a lot of information about the area. Pretty close to convenience stores for your needs.

Quiet camping convenient to I-57

Wayne Fitzgerald State Park is on Rend Lake, just off I-57 in Southern Illinois. It’s a great place for camping, fishing and bikes. It’s convenient for a short stop if you are traveling through, or as a destination. Although it’s right off the interstate there is no traffic noise. The campground has 40 tent sites and over 240 modern campsites, which offer electrical hookups, water and sewer facilities. Modern sites are $20/night, with 30/50 amp service. Primitive sites are $6. There is no internet. There are a few pull through sites.. there is lots of room and the sites appear to be level. There are 3 shower buildings. Many sites can be reserved online. There is a playground, and boat ramp. The park has hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking and boating. there is a golf course nearby and a lodge. Rend Lake is well-known for crappie, particularly in the early spring, as well as largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill.

Nice little place

Needs some cleaning up. Maybe a maintenance guy that does something other than leave beer cans at the beach.

Great place to camp.

The area is feels like you stepped back in time. You’ll never want to leave because everyone is so nice. The campground is in the shape of a peninsula so there are many campsites with water views and access. The bathrooms and showers are very clean and the road in is very nice. If you forget something, it’s just a small trip back to town to stop at the local IGA (try the chicken salad) or eat at Paddy’s. They just rebuilt it. The campground is big enough for golf carts and small enough to walk to the beach from any side. One of my favorites.

Beautiful sites. Get a lake view.

Very nice. Very clean. The peninsula offers many sites with water views and access. There’s a great boat ramp and dock. Drive into town and eat at Paddy’s. I suggest the coffee crusted pork chop or catch your own and grill it on a provided grill. The bathrooms are clean.  Will come back.